The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang says he identifies with the pains and frustration of Nigerian youths and respects their right to peaceful protest against Police brutality and bad governance.
Gyang in a press statement on Thursday through his media aide, Musa Ashoms “strongly” urged President Buhari to address the nation to “undertake and implement measures recommended through the resolutions of the Senate and other well meaning citizens as a demonstration of government’s responsiveness to the plight and cry of Nigerian youths in particular and all citizens nationwide.”
The Senator also requested the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government on the “End SARS” protest to also assess and recommend the payment of compensation to victims of destroyed and looted properties including two churches affected by Tuesday’s violence in Jos.
Gyang regretted that the “peaceful” “#EndSARS” protest by Nigerian youths was hijacked by “hoodlums” in Jos, to execute “ethnic and religious acrimony”, resulting in the destruction and looting of business premises, shops and torching of two churches.
“While Nigerian youths were ventilating their pains against Police brutality and bad governance among other issues through open protest, retrogressive elements and hoodlums saw it as an opportunity to unleash mayhem on peace loving and law abiding citizens in Jos-Bukuru metropolis,” he said.
Senator Gyang urged citizens to resist attempts by “persons who seek to exploit ethnic and religious diversity in Plateau North Senatorial District to sow seeds of discord, acrimony, hate and hostility.”
“Rather than allow such persons to gain momentum, the people should embrace and pursue peace building, harmonious communal coexistence and the spirit of brotherliness,” Gyang said.